The oddsmakers have the Cowboys as three-point underdogs for Sunday's game.
You might wonder why the spread isn't greater, considering the loss of DeMarco Murray and Jon Kitna, considering the game is at the Meadowlands, considering Eli Manning's tremendous ability as a leader, as well as a player, and considering that both Felix Jones and Tony Romo are not in the condition you would hope for such a big game.
But of course, this is a rivalry that defies odds and stats. The keys to the game for the Cowboys include: Romo being able to throw outside the pocket, Jones being able to get first downs and four great receivers holding their season averages. On defense, Manning is vulnerable. Ware will have the good day he should have had in the first game.
For their part, the Giants have been erratic. Their biggest win was against New England, the last of a three-game winning streak in early November. They've lost their last three home games. Injured players include Osi Umenyiora, Mario Manningham, Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks.
For this game, the Cowboys are more than the sum of their parts. They have more of a need to win. As an organization, they're better suited to get this game.